This is the most crucial time in the preseason for football coaches and players. The next few weeks of practices and closed scrimmages will help coaches finalize the depth chart and let new and old players prove their worth. No matter how much a freshman might talk about what he's going to do this season, it's all for naught if the staff decides that a redshirt year is more valuable. A summer with Coach Kaz will pay off for almost everyone. Here are a few things Baylor fans should keep an eye on over the next few weeks:
- The development of Andrew Billings and Byron Bonds after a year of physical development
- Javonte Magee's push for playing time in a talented defensive line
- How Chris Sanders and Tion Wright challenge post-spring starters Terrance Singleton and Xavien Howard for playing time at cornerback
- Whether or not Orion Stewart's speed and ball skills can replace Ahmad Dixon's leadership and heavy hitting
- Devin Chafin and Johnny Jefferson's battle to be the clear No. 2 back going into the season
- The Four Horsemen (Zamora, Cannon, Platt, Hall) and their hopes of playing immediately in a deep receiving group
- How the offensive line settles after the loss of Cyril Richardson and injury-necessitated shuffles in 2013
- The legitimacy of Collin Brence as Sam Holl's heir apparent
- How many novels Spencer Roth will finish on the sidelines
Meet The Bears on Saturday
Baylor Football's annual Meet the Bears event will be this Saturday at the indoor practice facility. I haven't gotten official word of a start time, but the event will allow fans to watch an open practice, followed by an autograph session with coaches and players. I'll be there, and I hope to see all of you as well.
ODB Position Previews and Community Projections
Mark should be kicking off this year's Our Daily Bears position preview and community projection series today. The series will begin with quarterbacks and take a look at all positions. This should bring us all the way up to our pre-SMU coverage. Expect a post today, and head on over to take a gander at what Art Briles can do with a fifth year quarterback and returning starter in Bryce Petty.